Plastics and the Environment

Health crisis: This is how much waste is being burned in the open every year

An open burning rubbish pile in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Image: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Costas Velis

Lecturer in Resource Efficiency Systems, University of Leeds

Ed Cook

Research Fellow in Circular Economy Systems, University of Leeds


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How emissions from burning waste in the open reach people and the environment. Image: Cook & Velis (2021)

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